Remuera Road Bus Lanes

It is frustrating to read that council are considering removing the bus lanes from Remuera Road, or at least along parts of it. Of course bus lanes will create more congestion for users of the road who continue to drive their cars, but in some ways that is half the point – to provide people with an incentive to catch the bus.…
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I’m in the NZ Herald!

I had a feeling that my concerns relating to the RMA Amendment Bill would be  considered fairly important. So it’s quite cool to find myself extensively quoted in today’s NZ Herald.Anger as critics of RMA rejig miss out 4:00AM Thursday Apr 30, 2009 Joseph BarrattAnger is building among Auckland groups over what they see as a lack of public input into reforms of the Resource Management Act.…
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Well… I do get my say

Ah yes I was pretty grumpy earlier today at the prospect of missing out on my chance to have a say on the RMA Amendment Bill. I still won’t get to present my case in person, but I will get to present it over the phone through teleconferencing next week on Thursday.…
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RMA Amendment Bill – when do I get my say?

I went to a lot of effort putting together my submission on the Resource Management Act Amendment Bill.  This bill makes some huge changes to the way in which planning and resource management happens in New Zealand. It makes huge changes to one’s right to have a say on what goes on around them and the formulation of planning documents.…
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International Trends and Lessons in Growth Management

I wrote my 2005 thesis on Auckland’s Regional Growth Strategy, so it is interesting having a read through the evaluation of that strategy, that the ARC has undertaken over the past couple of years. There are a lot of lengthy PDF documents that I haven’t made my way through yet, but it is good to see that the ARC has been so thorough in examining the effect of the Growth Strategy.…
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ARC’s 10 Year Plan

It’s a bit strange reading the draft Long-Term Council Community Plan (LTCCP) for the ARC from 2009-2019, when they’re not going to exist beyond the next 18 months. Though I guess it’s important as there will be a significant transition period between the establishment of the new Auckland Council and a point where they have all their own necessary plans and policy documents up and running.…
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Signalling Upgrade

A few days ago I posted about the announced $90 million upgrade to Auckland’s rail signalling system, and how it’s an important step towards electrification. Yesterday we heard a bit more news about the detail of that contract, and what the signalling upgrade will actually entail.…
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Retro 90s Roads Festival!

For those out there interested in what the government, through NZTA, is going to be spending your petrol tax dollar on over the next few years, there is an interesting chart that shows what projects are hoped to be constructed over the next 5 years.…
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Bus Dramas

Well I guess today could have just been a number of coincidences, but it did seem fairly symptomatic of the state of Auckland’s public transport. So, as it was a Monday morning I headed into town on the 004/005 bus route – like I always do.…
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